AMBER Alert is a cooperative agreement between New Mexico broadcasters and law enforcement. The New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association (NMBA) represents the broadcasters in this endeavor, and they were instrumental in bringing Amber Alert to New Mexico in 1999. The agreement allows law enforcement access to the state’s Emergency Alert System, or ‘EAS’. You may have recently heard tests of this system, either over the radio or on your television. If a law enforcement agency is investigating a child abduction, they can broadcast useful information over the EAS system, with the hope that the public may have seen the vehicle involved or the suspect, for example.
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What are the criteria for an Amber Alert?
- There must be evidence of a non-family abduction;
- Of a child 17 years of age or less; and,
- There must be specific information concerning the abductor and/or child, which would prove useful to the public in hopes of recovering the child; and,
- There must be reason to believe the child in is imminent danger of bodily harm or death.